F. Russell Crites, Jr.
Counseling, Consulting, Child & Adult ADD, ADHD Testing
and More
Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions


I hope that the following answers to frequently asked questions will help you as you decide a course of action in dealing with whatever issue you may have.   If you have any questions after you explore this page please feel free to call us at:  

972-506-7111

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ABOUT OUR OFFICE(S)

What services do you provide at your office?
How many locations do you have?

ABOUT SPECIFIC DISABILITIES OR CONDITIONS

What is ADD?
What is ADHD?
How does ADHD cause problems in a school setting?
How does ADHD cause problems in a work setting?
How does ADHD cause problems in the home?
Can ADD or ADHD be fixed?
What is Bipolar Disorder?
How can you help someone with Bipolar Disorder?
Do you work with adults and children who have bipolar disorder?
What is depression?
How can you help someone who has depression?
What is anxiety?
How can you help someone who has stress or anxiety?
What is Asperger Syndrome?
What is Autism?
Do you provide treatment or counseling for Asperger or Autism?
Do you provide help for those who want to stop smoking?

ABOUT COUNSELING

What kind of counseling do you do?
Do you do Christian Counseling?
Do you do Marriage Counseling?
Do you do counseling for Couples?
Do you work with adolescents?
Do you work with children?
Do you use hypnotherapy?
Do you use biofeedback in therapy?
Do you do phone counseling?

TESTING SERVICES

Do you provide testing services for children and adolescents who may have ADHD or ADD?
Do you provide testing services for adults who may have ADHD or ADD?
Do you provide testing services for children or adolescents who may have Bipolar Disorder?
Do you provide testing services for adults who may have Bipolar Disorder?
Do you provide testing services for children who may have Asperger or Autism?
Do you provide testing services for adults who may have Asperger or Autism?
Do you provide testing services for children and adolescents who may be experiencing depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, etc.?
Do you provide testing services for adults who may have depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, etc.?
Do you do Independent Individual Evaluations for schools and parents?
Do you provide Psychological testing for parents or schools?
Do you provide testing services for learning disability, including intelligence, learning styles, executive function issues, and achievement?


 ABOUT OUR OFFICE(S)

What services do you provide at your office?

There are five specific areas of service that I provide.  First, I provide counseling for children, adolescents and adults.  To assist with counseling I may use either biofeedback of hypnotherapy as appropriate.  Second, I do testing for children, adolescents and adults. Third, I provide Life or Relational Coaching for those who want to improve their lives or relationships, but who do not have psychological issues to address (insurance is not used for coaching). Fourth, I do a Stop Smoking program called Clean Breath.  Last, I provide consulting services for schools, organizations, and businesses.   

How many locations do you have?

I currently have two offices.  One is in Coppell, Texas.  It is located at the Coppell Counseling Center.  I also have an office at Firewheel Mall in Garland, Texas.  I also do phone counseling for those who are unable to get out of their homes, are too busy, or for whatever reason find it difficult to come to an office.


 ABOUT SPECIFIC DISABILITIES OR CONDITIONS

What is ADD?

ADD is Attention Deficit Disorder.  However, that term is no longer used professionally.  The American Psychiatric Association publishes a work entitled the Diagnostic Criteria from DSM-V (most recent version).  This work is periodically updated.  Years ago they updated the term ADD to ADHD.  See ADHD for definition.

What is ADHD?

ADHD is Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.  There are three aspects to ADHD.  First, there is inattention (which used to be called ADD).  This describes a person who has symptoms such as failing to give close attention to details or who makes careless mistakes.  It also describes someone who has difficulty sustaining attention, doesn’t listen well, does not follow through on instructions, is easily distracted and more.  The second aspect is called hyperactivity/impulsivity.  People with hyperactivity often fidget or squirm, run around or climb excessively (may be restlessness in adolescents and adults), is often “on the go” or often acts as if “driven by a motor”, and often talks excessively.  Impulsivity occurs when a person blurts out answers before questions have been completed, has difficulty awaiting turn, and such like.   You can be ADHD predominantly inattentive (which used to be ADD), ADHD predominantly Hyperactive, ADHD combined type (have some of both).  The therapist will help determine which type you have.

How does ADHD cause problems in a school setting?

Students with ADHD often will have difficulty getting homework turned in, will be distracted in class, will have difficulties listening to the teacher and often get poor grades (sometimes to the point of failure).

How does ADHD cause problems in a work setting?

ADHD causes difficulties for adults also.  It can keep you from focusing and doing what you are supposed to do in a timely manner.  It can cause you to be easily distracted and reduce your productivity.  It can cause you to be poorly organized, lose things, etc.  Regardless, ADHD has been the root problem for many adults who have lost jobs.  If this is you it can be addressed so that you can function more efficiently on the job.

How does ADHD cause problems in the home?

Young children, adolescents, husband or wife may be asked to do something and some time later it is not done.  He or she may have been distracted and started something else only to forget what they were supposed to do.  When children are asked to do multiple things at one time they may complete one or two items and believe they are finished when in fact there is still three things left to do (this happens with adults also).

Can ADD or ADHD be fixed?

Russ wrote a book entitled, Bipolar or ADHD.  This book describes many strategies that are helpful when working with either bipolar disorder or ADHD disorder.   In regards to whether or not ADHD can be fixed, in a sense it can.  There are two aspects to addressing ADHD like behavior.  First, you may need to take medication that manages the disorder. This can be life changing for many indivduals.  Second, you will need to learn compensatory skills to help deal with behaviors that contribute to the problems. These behaviors have become habitual and part of how you respond to a variety of situations.  These issues can be addressed through counseling.  Russ is expecting to have his next book published soon.  It is entitled, Executive Function Disorder and it focuses on the executive function issues individuals with ADHD, Bipolar, Asperger and other Brain Based disorders experience.  Multiple strategies are identified for all the basic executive function issues that individuals with ADHD, ADD, Bipolar or Asperger experience.

What is Bipolar Disorder?

It would take pages to discuss it in detail, so here is a brief description. Bipolar disorder was once called manic depressive disorder.  Bipolar disorder often consists of behaviors that are extreme.  Usually a person has some mania (or hypomania) and a degree of depression.

Mania: The individual may have ‘mania’.  When the individual is manic he may be irritable, angry, and prone to destructive outbursts experience elation, be extremely cheerful, be grandiose in his thinking, and may also believe that he has powers that are superior to others.  He may also have an ongoing issue with being overly energetic which may look like hyperactivity. In the evening he may have little need for sleep.  His thoughts may race, and he may speak fast and be highly distractible and more.

Depression:  When an individual experiences the depressive aspect of Bipolar disorder he is often sad and/or very irritable.  As a result, he will often cease to enjoy activities that he normally finds enjoyable.  He may not openly complain about being sad.  However, he will often be tearful, whiny and will complain of being bored.  He may also experience a lack of motivation, have a tendency to be inattentive, and be off task.  He may experience many physical symptoms, e.g., headaches, muscle aches, stomachaches or tiredness.  He may also have frequent absences from school, and have poor school performance. At home he may talk about, or actually run away from home. He will often complain, have irritability, experience unexplained crying, social isolation, poor communication, and be extremely sensitive to rejection or failure

How can you help someone with Bipolar Disorder?


Russ wrote a book entitled, Bipolar or ADHD.  This book describes many strategies that are helpful when working with either bipolar disorder or ADHD disorder.  There are multiple things that can be done to help someone who has bipolar disorder. Structure in the environment is very important.  Reducing stress is another very important element in the therapy process.  In most cases the individual will need medication.  This is often extremely important for those who have serious issues with Bipolar Disorder.  Each case is a bit different and has specific needs so Russ individualizes a treatment plan for every person who comes to his office.

Do you work with adults and children who have bipolar disorder?

Yes!  I work with individuals of all ages who have bipolar disorder.

What is depression?

Clinical depression is a mood disorder in which feelings of sadness, loss, anger or frustration interfere with everyday life for an extended period of time.  Refer to bipolar section above for additional information about depression.

How can you help someone who has depression?


There are multiple strategies that can be implemented to address depression.  If the individual has severe clinical depression it may be essential to consider medication.  In addition, therapy has shown to be very beneficial for those who are exhibiting any aspect of depression.  There are multiple therapeutic methods that can be helpful.  The method or methods used will depend on your personal needs.

What is anxiety?

Anxiety occurs as people suffer from persistent worry and tension that is much worse than the anxiety most people experience from time to time. The main symptom of is an exaggerated or unfounded state of worry and anxiety, often about such matters as health, money, family, or work. Although people with General Anxiety Disorder (GAD) may realize that their anxiety is excessive or unwarranted, they are unable to simply stop worrying.

Anxiety can also take on the form of panic attack, post traumatic stress, separation anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, social phobia and other phobias, acute stress disorder, agoraphobia (anxiety about being in places or situations from which escape might be difficult or embarrassing, or in which help may not be available in the event of have an unexpected or situationally predisposed panic attack or panic like symptoms).

How can you help someone who has stress or anxiety?

Anxiety can overwhelm you and needs to be addressed before it causes further emotional and physical damage.  There are numerous methods that can help with anxiety.  A few that are used in this office are:  Cognitive-behavioral counseling, biofeedback, hypnotherapy, and stress management techniques.  It is important to get to the root of the anxiety in order to truly address it, so counseling is extremely important.

What is Asperger Syndrome?

Aperger Syndrome is a pervasive developmental disorder that is characterized by an inability to understand how to interact socially. Typical features of the syndrome also may include clumsy and uncoordinated motor movements, social impairment with extreme egocentricity, limited interests and unusual preoccupations, repetitive routines or rituals, speech and language peculiarities, and non-verbal communication problems.  Those with Asperger Syndrome usually have average to higher intelligence.

What is Autism?

Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life. The result of a neurological disorder that affects the functioning of the brain. Autism impacts the normal development of the brain in the areas of social interaction and communication skills. Children and adults with autism typically have difficulties in verbal and non-verbal communication, social interactions, and leisure or play activities. The disorder makes it hard for them to communicate with others and relate to the outside world. In some cases, aggressive and/or self-injurious behavior may be present. Persons with autism may exhibit repeated body movements (hand flapping, rocking), unusual responses to people or attachments to objects and resistance to changes in routines. Individuals may also experience sensitivities in the five senses of sight, hearing, touch, smell and taste.  Children or adults with autism have lower than average intelligence due to the issues that they have.

Do you provide treatment or counseling for Asperger or Autism?

Yes!  I utilize multiple methodologies to address the needs of anyone in the Pervasive Developmental Disorder Spectrum.  We discuss how the family can help, as well as how to structure the home/school for success.  We will also utilize social stories, social skills, social autopsies and other methods that will help the individual deal with their unique issues.  I highly recommend a book written by Dr Ruth Aspy and Dr. Barry Grossman entitled, The Ziggurat Model.  This book is a comprehensive model for dealing with autism.

Do you provide help for those who want to stop smoking?

Yes!  Over the years it has become increasingly evident that no one method has been the solution for all people.  Over the years I have developed a method I call, Clean Breath.  This method  incorporates hypnotism, education, and multiple aftercare techniques to help the person have the best possible chance of quitting smoking.



 ABOUT COUNSELING

What kind of counseling do you do?

I have been trained in multiple methodologies.  However, I lean towards being solution focused because most people need to see relief as soon as possible.  I have been trained in Psychoanalysis, Cognitive Behavioral, Rogerian (communication model), Behavioral, Gestalt, Imago Relationship Therapy, Hypnotherapy, Reality Therapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Family Systems Therapy, and more. Regardless, it is important to find the method that will fit the clients needs the best.

Do you do Christian Counseling?

I am a Christian who does professional therapy.  However, I do not utilize the Bible unless someone requests it.  So when a person needs or wants Christian Counseling I can provide it.  

Do you do Marriage Counseling?


Yes.  I have actually written a couple therapy manual for counselors the provides multiple strategies to help couples deal with a variety of issues.

Do you do counseling for couples?

Yes.  I have actually written a couple therapy manual for counselors the provides multiple strategies to help couples deal with a variety of issues.

Do you work with adolescents?

Yes!

Do you work with children?

Yes!

Do you use hypnotherapy?

Yes, but only when the client wants me to and when it is appropriate.   I have had years of training in clinical hypnotherapy and am certified by the National Board for Clinical Hypnotherapists  (NBCCH).

Do you use biofeedback in therapy?

Yes.  I have found that utilizing biofeedback enhances treatment for individuals who need  to reduce stress, anxiety, phobias and for those who have ADHD or ADD issues.  I use it when it is appropriate for my clients.

Do you do phone counseling?

Yes.  For some people, going to therapy or life coaching in person may not be feasible. Multiple possible issues may get in the way of someone being able to come to therapy.  If you are hesitant, or if you are having difficulty obtaining therapy because you live in rural areas and a therapist is not readily available, you are home bound and don’t have the ability or opportunity to see a provider in person, you travel frequently or are overly busy, you are nervous about going out in public, you are concerned privacy concerns, or for any other reason that makes it difficult for you to come into an office, you may want to consider phone counseling.

 TESTING SERVICES

Do you provide testing services for children and adolescents who may have ADHD or ADD?

Yes!  Russ tests for ADD or ADHD for children and adolescents.  Depending on how much information you want he can put together a test battery that meets your specific needs.

Do you provide testing services for adults who may have ADHD or ADD?


Yes!  Russ tests for ADD or ADHD for adults.  Depending on how much information you want he can put together a test battery that meets your specific needs.

Do you provide testing services for children or adolescents who may have Bipolar Disorder?

Yes! Russ tests children and adolescents for Bipolar disorder as well as other issues (asperger, anxiety, ADHD, ADD, etc.)

Do you provide testing services for adults who may have Bipolar Disorder?

Yes! Russ tests adults for Bipolar disorder as well as other issues (asperger, anxiety, ADHD, ADD, etc.)  I wrote a book entitled, Bipolar or ADHD that provides multiple strategies for anyone who has this disorder.

Do you provide testing for children who may have Asperger or Autism?

Yes!  Russ has done testing in his private office and for the public schools for years. Autism or Asperger assessment have been part of his testing services for years. 

Do you provide testing services for adults who may have Asperger or Autism?

Yes.  However, with adults it is asperger that is tested for.  If an individual had Autism it would normally have been diagnosed earlier in life.

Do you provide testing services for children and adolescents who may have conditions such as, depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder?

Yes.  Russ worked both in private practice and for the public schools for years doing assessments.   He did psychologicals as an Licensed Specialist in School Psychology for the schools for years.  He continue to do psychologicals for school districts when he is under contract to assist them.  He does other testing in his office for all emotional or behavioral issues.

Do you provide testing services for adults who may have emotional conditions such as, depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder?

Yes.  I have tested children, adolescents and adults in my private practice for over 30 years.

Do you provide testing services for Family of Origin issues?

Yes.  Russ developed an assessment that measures Family of Origin issues that is used in the office.

Do you provide testing services for Codependency issues?

Yes.  Russ utilizes an instrument that he created that measures Codependency issues, unhealthy communication styles, unhealtlhy rules and adult child characteristics. 

Do you provide testing services for drug or alcohol issues?

Yes.  Russ does drug and alcohol assessments. 

Do you do Independent Individual Evaluations for schools and parents?

Yes.  Russ continues to do Individual Evaluations (IEE’s) and psychologicals for schools and parents when he am under contract with a public school to do so.

Do you do Psychologicals for parents or schools?


Yes.  Russ continues to do psychologicals for schools and parents when he is under contract with a public school to do so.

Do you do learning disability testing including intelligence, learning styles, executive function issues, and achievement?

Yes.  Russ has worked both in private practice and for the public schools for years doing assessments.   He continues to test for learning difficulties, intelligence, learning styles, executive function issues, ADD, ADHD, achievement, etc.  As a result of his school background, he provides very practical strategies to address all identified issues that become evident as a result of the testing.  There will always be strategies for both home and school use when he writes an interpretive report.


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Crites Counseling and Consultation
413 W. Bethel Rd. Suite 100
Coppell, Texas  75019

Serving Coppell, Irving, Carrolton, Lewisville, Grapevine, Corinth, Lake Dallas and other surrounding areas. 

 
Firewheel Counseling and Consultation

Firewheel Mall
675 Town Square Blvd, Suite 200
Garland, Texas  75040

Serving Garland, Plano, Wylie, Sachse, Murphy, Richardson, McKinney, Allen and other surrounding areas. 
 
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